Who Would Jesus Bomb: Is Violence Ever a Means to Effective Justice?

Who Would Jesus Bomb?I’m rarely on Facebook these days, but, recently, I hopped on and did something I rarely if ever do (on my personal feed): I engaged. Irked by a random post, I reacted, I engaged, and then, I reposted. Honestly, it wasn’t anything bad, and, it felt like a healthy engagement. In short, I reacted to a post from a guy I went to high school with; he was feeling joy over the inflicted violence towards a very vocal white supremacist.Know this: I'm just as enraged by … [Read more...]

“A White Supremacist vs. An Anti-American Terrorist”

Okay, so, lets talk a little bit about Wednesday’s discussion between Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren over on the Daily Show. Noah, a South African comedian who replaced Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" and Tomi Lahren who’s a conservative commentator who writes for The Blaze. It feels like Comedy Central (CC) et al. pit Tomi as this stereotypical "blonde, white, privileged bigot." And, maybe she is just that, but, in the first few minutes of the (longer) interview it didn't quite seem th … [Read more...]

Jesus Was Not a Pacifist (A kind response to Benjamin Corey)

“So persistent is the cry of peace among the ruling classes and so strong the seeming abhorrence of every form of violence and anarchy that one might imagine them actuated by the purest pacifist principles, were it not for the fact that they betray no pacifist scruples when they consider international affairs. Most insistent upon peace within the nation, they are most easily provoked to join issue in martial combat with other nations.“ – Reinhold NiebuhrIt’s easy for a privileged person t … [Read more...]

I Emailed NT Wright About the Parousia (here’s what he said)

The parousia is one of those theologically convoluted terms that is rarely discussed and when it is discussed it’s rarely acknowledged let alone discussed with seriousness, or at length. It’s always something in which those “other people” believe. Parousia (/pəˈruːziə/; Greek: παρουσία) is an ancient Greek word meaning presence, arrival, or official visit.[1] I honestly didn’t even know about it until I was about two years into seminary. I found it interesting and fun to discuss, but didn’t (a … [Read more...]

Dealing With Doubt

20+ years... and I've never seen it.The supernatural. Healings, walking on water, people rising from the dead, the blind seeing, the lame walking...I know as a guy in ministry I'm supposed to pretend like I've seen it or tell stories that others have relayed to me... but the truth is, I've never experienced it first hand, and because of that, I'm skeptical.I've been to all types of churches, pentecostal, assemblies of god, nondenominational, baptist... etc.And I've been in … [Read more...]

Post-Easter Hangover: The Resurrection of Jesus Probably Didn’t Happen (Here’s Why)

Easter has far past, churches this past weekend were empty and silent (comparatively); the pastors were exhausted (when are they not though?); congregants are back to their usual lives awaiting the next Christmas eve service or mass to attend with their family.It's a post-Easter hangover.As it's popular for many evangelical congregations to offer "alter calls" on Easter Sunday some of you in an emotionally manipulated reckless abandonment might have even given/re-committed your life to Ch … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Fight Racism, And 7 Books to Read

But in my opinion, and experience so far, if someone is unwilling to read something outside of their comfort zone, in order to better understand and empathize with a friend or family member, then they are unable to engage in productive conversation.The number one problem I find in regards to continued racial segregation within our US Church, but of course not limited to, is a strong disconnect between those who benefit off of white privilege and their understanding in regards to the re … [Read more...]

1500 Year Old Bible [and why you shouldn’t trust everything you read on the internet]

So apparently in 2012 a 1500 year old bible re-surfaced in Turkey after supposedly having been seized by a mob of smugglers. More interestingly, to me at least, these "deviants" are said to have been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of explosives [can you hear the wheels churning in the minds of hollywood? #NationalTreasure8!].Photocopies of this 1500 year old "Bible," are estimated up to $1.7 million dollars, while the entire book itself is est … [Read more...]

Why I Still Believe in God

I still believe in God.Hesitantly.With many theistic believers proposing that God exists because our world is unexplainable we’re finding the more we explain the less impact that argument has. I want to admit upfront that this could very well have more to do with my personal needs and given heritage than it does objectively given facts. There is some what of an understanding that my given context has handed me my language, family, geographical location, and therefore my overall e … [Read more...]

I Have Cancer…

Let me get this out of the way: I am no theologian. I don’t have a Bible verse ready for every situation. I think I know (maybe) ten verses by heart, and that’s only the result of having gone to a Christian school for fourteen years of my life. It wasn’t by choice, but I’m still glad I can recite John 3:16 and John 1:1 by heart, because that’s more than most. I’m not a Bible scholar, although I got an award called “Bible Scholar” my sophomore year of high school because I had all A’s on my Bible … [Read more...]